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TCN blog reader top stories of 2010: Voting for #1

Readers select their top stories of the year for the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2010 #1: The collapse

The St. Louis Cardinals were expected to repeat as division-winners in 2010. Instead, they missed the playoffs entirely.

Setting the 2011 Cardinals batting order

Looking for clues as to the most likely batting order for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010-11 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view reflects changes made during the entire 2010-11 off-season.

Could Dan Uggla become another Fernando Vina?

Even considering a trade for Florida’s Dan Uggla would require a major change in strategy for the St. Louis Cardinals, but it has been done before.

Cardinals choosing Skip over Brendan

The St. Louis Cardinals look to upgrade at shortstop over second base for 2011.

St. Louis returns to Springfield for spring exhibition

The St. Louis Cardinals will be taking on their Double-A club in Springfield, MO on March 29.

Are Titanium necklaces valuable?

Do the colorful necklaces worn by professional athletes meet their manufacturer’s claims?

What is behind the Cardinals’ minor league issues?

Questioning reasons assigned to focus areas for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Feast or famine: The 2010 Cardinals increased run-scoring

Looking at when the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals’ offense scored their runs indicates an increased number of blowouts compared to 2009.

Cardinals offense year-to-year: Part two

Comparing the year-to-year change in the St. Louis Cardinals offensive results from 2009 to 2010 to the National League as a whole.

The need for expanded instant replay made obvious

A rash of managerial ejections highlights poor umpiring decisions helping to decide MLB playoff games.

2010 Cardinals possible losers vs. NL Central

With nine games to go vs. NL Central this season, the St. Louis Cardinals are on track to post a rare losing divisional record.

Join The Cardinal Nation community top prospect list voting

Annual fan-driven process to select the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is now underway and open to all!

Cardinals reach new level of scoring futility

At the worst possible time, the St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of their lowest run-scoring ten-game stretch of the 2010 season.

Cardinals low run-scoring streak continues

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored two or fewer runs in four consecutive games – again.

Cardinals home-road splits telling

The St. Louis Cardinals are a dramatically different team at Busch Stadium vs. on the road.

Cardinals days off don’t seem to help

The 2010 Cardinals seem to play worse after having a day off than they did just prior.

Cardinals extend winning streak to seven

Since Tony La Russa became St. Louis Cardinals manager in 1996, his clubs have had only seven longer winning streaks.

Craig celebrates 26th birthday in style

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig had a three-RBI game on Sunday as the Dodgers were swept out of town.

Several Rays adopt Cardinals old-school stirrups

Several of the Tampa Bay Rays are modeling hose in the Brendan Ryan, old-school St. Louis Cardinals look.

Cardinals first half rankings

Looking at how the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals stack up against their peers over time.

Cardinals staff continues home run stinginess

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers are not giving up as many home runs as in most recent seasons.

2010 Cardinals are the opposite of streaking

This year’s version of the St. Louis Cardinals has an unusually low quantity of both winning and losing streaks.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010 short season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view will reflect changes during the remainder of the 2010 regular season.

Cardinals unable to sweep three-game series

The St. Louis Cardinals have failed all six times to sweep three-game series this season, but almost always come close.

Cardinals pitcher hitting eighth experiment failing

Both the position players and pitchers were more productive offensively when hitting in their traditional spots in the St. Louis Cardinals batting order.

Cardinals pitchers hitting eighth vs. ninth not good for them

A cursory glance at how the St. Louis Cardinals pitchers batting eighth compares to when they bat ninth by season does not leave a positive impression.

Cardinals walk off losses on record pace

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals have already lost five games on walk offs, one short of their worst season since at least 1952.

About Cardinals low-scoring games

The St. Louis Cardinals rank among MLB leaders in low-scoring games on both sides of the ledger.

Wainwright’s one-run or less outings ends

On Wednesday night, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright failed in his attempt for a fourth straight one or no run outing of seven innings or more.

The Cardinals’ Bud Norris club

The St. Louis Cardinals have been held to no runs by 11 opposing starters in the first 59 games in 2010.

Cardinals unusual balanced attack

Six St. Louis Cardinals players have 25 RBI or more through 55 games, the most in at least the last half century.

Cardinals suddenly scoring runs in bunches

The St. Louis Cardinals have scored at least eight runs on 14 or more hits in three consecutive games.

Pujols’ career on-base streaks mount

Albert Pujols’ recent streak of reaching base nine times in a row just fell short of his career best.

Cardinals double triples not all that rare

Multiple three-base hits in one game aren’t that unusual for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals number six spot not producing

The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t getting many RBI from the sixth spot in their batting order.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2010 regular season

The St. Louis Cardinals full system roster view will reflect changes during the 2010 regular season.

Cardinals home opener live blogging on FOX Sports Midwest

I will be back as a panelist on FOX Sports Midwest’s live blog during Monday afternoon’s St. Louis Cardinals home opener. Join in the discussion!

Cost to attend a Cardinals game up slightly in 2010

The St. Louis Cardinals rank ninth in the 2010 MLB Fan Cost Index with a 0.7 percent increase compared to 2009.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Thursday

Catch me talking St. Louis Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Thursday) at 4:35 p.m. CDT.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Season-opening update

The St. Louis Cardinals full system view is refreshed to reflect tentative opening season rosters and extended spring camp invitees.

Cardinals spring training hitting and pitching in the last decade

Comparing St. Louis Cardinals spring vs. regular season batting average and ERA during the 2000-2009 period.

More St. Louis Cardinals talent inventory rankings

Looking at three new lists assessing young major league players and international prospects.

Miscellaneous Cardinals links: March 8, 2010

Offering up some links to interesting St. Louis Cardinals-related reading around the web.

A glance at St. Louis Cardinals 2010 betting odds

Just for fun, not for keeps, we’ll take a quick look at where the 2010 Cardinals line up with the gamblers.

The Cardinal Nation Blog: FOXSports.com’s Blog of the Day again!

McGwire family story and association with Yardbarker leads to repeat national exposure for St. Louis Cardinals-oriented blog.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Pre-camp update

The St. Louis Cardinals full system rosters are refreshed to reflect spring training camps, both major and minor league.

A St. Louis Cardinals Twitter directory

One man’s view of those to consider following on Twitter for St. Louis Cardinals-major and minor league-related information.

Philly driver guilty in death of Cardinals fan

The drunken driver who killed a St. Louis Cardinals fan and seriously injured another in Philadelphia last summer accepts a pair of guilty pleas.

Defending Cardinals Nation to the Cardinal Nation

A St. Louis Cardinals promotional program new to some has them strangely angry.

Random newspaper-related thoughts

A series of somewhat-related, somewhat non-related newspaper-oriented items in the news.

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up autograph prices reflect economy

Autograph prices at the St. Louis Cardinals fan event, Winter Warm-Up, demonstrate an appreciation of the down economy.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #10: Kennedy’s final season Skip-ped

After the St. Louis Cardinals ate the final year of Adam Kennedy’s contract, they turned second base over to neophyte Skip Schumaker – and it worked!

The Cardinal Nation Blog named FOXSports.com’s Blog of the Day

McGwire story and association with Yardbarker leads to national exposure for Cardinals-oriented blog.

Cardinals minor league defense below average

Using unearned runs to measure fielding prowess, St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers don’t measure up to par.

Busch Stadium debt may hurt players more than taxpayers

Some major league clubs have advantageous leases that offer flexibility but shackle their communities. Others carry stadium-related debt.

Elias Ranking the St. Louis Cardinals roster

Rankings for the entire Cardinals team, not just their free agents, offer some interesting comparisons.

Happy Birthday to TheCardinalNationblog.com!

This blog is officially one year old today, December 12.

Cardinals spring training ticket prices this decade

The progression of St. Louis Cardinals spring training ticket prices since 2000.

2010 Cardinals major and minor league schedules

The title pretty much says it all – links to 2010 schedules for the St. Louis Cardinals and their top minor league affiliates.

Spying on Cardinals reader’s queries: November 29

Commentary on 20 search arguments that recently brought readers to TheCardinalNationblog.com.

A scouting market correction taking hold?

Toronto offers at least one recent indication of scouts coming back into prominence.

St. Louis Cardinals lose one owner

Chicagoan Nick Kladis, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals ownership group, passed away on Monday.

2009 recap of Cardinals pitchers hitting eighth

Tony La Russa’s use of pitchers in the eighth spot in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup ended in late July. Did it matter this season?

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Friday

Catch Brian Walton talking Cardinals baseball with Matt Perrault and Ken Miller on KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines today (Friday) at 6:05 p.m. Central.

Cardinals Futures Game history uneven

An in-depth look at St. Louis Cardinals participation in the mid-summer prospect showcase shows strong representation from the 2005 draft class.

Cardinals spur Houston in-season managerial changes

The last two Astros managers lost their jobs when St. Louis arrived in town.

Cardinals early September results mean next to nothing

Looking at the results of the first dozen games in September by world champions this decade.

Cardinals crush classy closers

The St. Louis Cardinals have fared very well against elite closers recently

St. Louis and Memphis: Like father, like son

Calling out stat sheet similarities between the St. Louis Cardinals and their Triple-A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds

Scout.com Cardinals site gets new name

The Birdhouse has become The Cardinal Nation, while The Cardinal Nation blog… remains The Cardinal Nation blog!

Mediocre starters dominating Cardinals

The title pretty much says it all.

Is publishing players’ home addresses going too far?

Riverfront Times did just that with some current and former Cardinals. Their wrists were slapped as a result. Was it warranted?

Time to admit there WAS “dry powder”

Despite what some think, the St. Louis Cardinals are spending money. Where is all the “DeWallet” whining now?

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: Short-season update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the three US-based short-season clubs: Batavia, Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Cardinals New York minutes – 06/23/09

Reporting from the new Citi Field in New York as the Cardinals visit the Mets.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Tuesday

Catch Brian Walton live on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Des Moines at 5:30 P.M. Central today, Tuesday.

Productive Cardinals Balks

St. Louis Cardinals runners have scored as a result of each of their last three balks received.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: DSL update

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Dominican Summer League.

Tandem starting ends early in Quad Cities

The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping their use of tandem starting pitchers in their second of two full-season affiliates where deployed.

Open letter from Dr. Mike Marshall

The former Cy Young Award-winning pitcher turned doctor and pitching coach responds to recent articles related to his interaction with the St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals inherited runners in context

The St. Louis Cardinals’ relievers are leading the world in lowest percentage of inherited runners scoring. That is good, but not the end-all.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: VSL version

The St. Louis Cardinals system rosters are refreshed to reflect the start of the regular season of the Venezuelan Summer League.

Is not signing minor league vets really the Cards’ problem?

Complaints that the St. Louis Cardinals didn’t sign enough veterans to minor league contracts do not hold water.

The Cards’ 25th man, the DH and MLB indecision

A take off on a current issue as a way to reconcile a long-standing inconsistency across MLB.

Why cutting Cardinals errors is important

Committing the most errors in MLB over a season doesn’t rule out making the playoffs, but it sure is rare.

Breaking the early Cardinals-Cubs “tie”

Head-to-head stats from the six Cardinals-Cubs games to date indicates a leader among “equals”.

Hill the Homeless Hitman

Springfield Cardinals utilityman Steven Hill is leading the Double-A Texas League in batting average, slugging and OPS.

Cards early attendance down more than MLB average

Depending on how you look at it, St. Louis Cardinals average attendance is down either 9.4% or 5.1% year-to-year.

Cardinals are atop the stat sheets

The St. Louis Cardinals are hitting and pitching well in the early going of the 2009 season.

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season

A complete listing of all 282 players currently known to be under contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom by level and position.

Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio Wednesday

Catch Brian Walton on KXnO FOX Sports Radio in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. Central time.

Projecting the Palm Beach Cardinals roster

Not yet having the roster for the St. Louis Cardinals A-Advanced club won’t stop us from speculating.

Cardinals in NL Tout Wars fantasy drafts

How St. Louis Cardinals players were treated in the Tout Wars industry drafts in New York over the weekend.

Cards minors spring game reports – March 26

St. Louis Cardinals minor league spring training game action from Thursday, March 26.

Cardinals pitcher hitting ninth – a good thing?

Tony La Russa has made a change to the bottom of the St. Louis Cardinals lineup again, though it is not cut and dried.

Khalil Greene’s springs point to regular season success

During spring training, new St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene has been either really good or really bad. It seems to transfer to his regular seasons, as well.

Cardinals not alone in cutting payroll

The St. Louis Cardinals’ projected player payroll is down $8.6 million from 2008, very close to the average for clubs in the top half of spending across MLB.

Spying on Cardinals reader’s queries – February 18

Looking at what readers are currently asking about the St. Louis Cardinals through a search of their web queries.